As you can see, the weather condition is starting to improve. That only means Spring is upon us. But no matter how amazing this season is, it also marks the start of pest infestation. Every Spring, plenty of creepy crawlies and bugs work their way into our homes.
Well, fret not. You can be proactive and begin to take action now to keep these unwanted pests at bay. To do that, be familiar with the most common pests in Toronto during Spring 2018 to come up with the right pest-deterring solutions and maintain a pest-free home.
During warm weather, ants forage for food. When the temperature rises, they will search distant places to find food. In some cases, they reach our homes. To keep them at bay, look for their entry points and seal them with petroleum jelly. Sprinkling chili pepper, pure cinnamon, garlic, or dried peppermint at their entrances can also keep them from getting into your homes.
Spring is one of the best times for bat colonies to invade your attics. Since they have been hibernating throughout the Winter season, they become active once the snow melts and begin to forage water and food. Now, if bats are hiding somewhere in your attic or other places in your home, the only way to get rid of them is to relocate them by hand and then bat-proofing your entire home.
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Beetles are among the most common pests that infest our homes every Spring season. Normally, during the cold days, they hide between the walls of our homes. When they begin to feel the warmth, they get out and wander around. More often, they are found around the showers and sinks since these places have lots of water. To get rid of them, insecticides can be used because they will die quickly anyway.
4. Bed Bugs
Unsurprisingly, bed bugs love to hide in and around the bed. They are so small that they can easily slip into the seams of mattresses, headboards, and even bed frames. Although they are not considered threats to public safety, they have to be eradicated because they can cause itching and trigger some serious allergic reactions. Sad to say, getting rid of these pesky critters can be tough. Thorough cleaning of the entire bed will be required, which can consume so much time.
While birds seem like harmless creatures, sometimes, when threatened or provoked, they can attack humans. Also, other bird species may carry certain strains of avian flu, which are considered threats to human health. The best and safest way to discourage them from hanging out in your homes is to install nets in any space available.
Cockroaches are all over the world. When a place is warm and humid, their populations thrive. No wonder why during Spring time, they seem to multiply so quickly. But take note that these creepy crawlies are very dangerous to humans. They can be carriers of bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli. To prevent cockroach infestation, keep all possible areas of your home clean and dry. Seal gaps in the walls and floors with caulk to keep them from coming out.
Fleas are commonly found in the fur of animals. When they make it indoors, they can be very hard to remove. Once they get into your homes, they can cause serious issues because they carry with them diseases like typhus. To deter them, you can use special medications on your pet. The use of essential oils and aromatics can also help. Mix several drops of lemon or citronella essential oil with water and spray them to your pets every other day.
Like birds and ants, flies can be everywhere. However, they thrive more in places where there are garbages, animal waste, or rotting food. To make sure they do not make their way into your home, always make it a habit to take the trash out, clean up your garbage bins, and wipe spills as soon as possible.
Like fleas, mites enjoy being in the furs of our beloved pets, where they feed on their blood. Although they do not carry any serious health risk, they can be extremely itchy. To keep out of your pet’s fur, it is advised to use only the recommended pet soaps or shampoos. If you ever walk into a mite-infested area, make sure you take a hot shower and rinse thoroughly.
Mosquitoes are very active during the spring. They thrive in areas with still water like marshes, swamps, ponds, and lakes. While the male mosquitoes only feed on flower nectar, the females attack humans and animals. If ever you get bitten by a mosquito, you experience itchiness and redness in the area affected. The good news is that you can prevent them from wreaking havoc in your homes. Make sure the windows are always closed, install screens, and cover any stagnant water at home.
Another pest that gives us headache every Spring season is the moth. This pest resides in the pantry and in cupboards, particularly in areas where there are candies, dried fruits, grains, or even pet food. Once moth infestation is detected, start cleaning around. Get rid of any packages that have bugs and inspect the rest of the unopened ones for any signs of larvae. Once cleared, vacuum every corner and scrub them with soap water. To prevent future infestations, be sure you clean the kitchen regularly.
Opossums are opportunistic creatures that feed on meat and vegetables. Because they can easily adapt to seasons, it is not surprising why they survive Canada’s unpredictable climate. These annoying creatures enjoy staying in one area as long as there is food and shelter. Yes, it is challenging to get rid of them, but it can also be fun. Whenever they feel threatened, they play dead, making it easy for you to pick them up and carry them away.
Raccoons are among the most notorious pests every Spring season. These smart creatures feed on garbage and are known to remember things for up to three years. No wonder raccoon problems are so hard to solve. Due to their intelligence, perhaps the only way to outsmart them is to be proactive. Limit their access to shelter and food.
Wherever there is garbage, rodents live. If we review our history lesson, you should be aware that rodents are known to be transmitters of epidemic diseases, transmitting deadly infections like typhus and Lyme disease. That only means we have to get rid of them in any possible way. Seal holes that could be used by rodents as entry points to your homes. Store food in sealed containers. If there are certain areas rodents are attracted to, spray it with a solution made of cayenne pepper, garlic, and horseradish.
Skunks need no special introduction. When they are around, some Canadians do not know what to do in fear of the unpleasant odor they release. Well, the best way to keep these creatures away is through exclusion. Make sure there are no holes in your home, which they can use to create a den. Installing fences can also be helpful to prevent entry.
The warm weather is the perfect time for wild creatures to be on the move. Hence, during Spring or Summer, the chances of encountering a snake are higher. The good thing is that, in Canada, there is only one venomous snake species; that is the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake. All the other species are non-venomous. To make sure no snake gets into your home, clean those places they can use as a habitat, such as piles of wood and high grass. Also, seal gaps and cracks in the walls to keep them from entering your home.
Spiders can be seen everywhere, but they pretty much enjoy hiding in the cupboards, chests, nooks, and woodpiles. Though many of us are afraid of spiders, they actually play a vital role in the ecosystem. Now, if you are decided to get rid of them, simply clear away any clutter in your home. Vacuum the storage areas and spray essential oils in the corners of your abode.
Besides dry desserts and icy regions, squirrel population can thrive. Every Spring time, survival can be tough because they have nothing good to eat. They will have to wait until late summer to have new food sources. For that reason, they begin to infest homes. If you do not want the sight of them in your house, keep nuts, fruits, and seeds out of their reach. Also, set up gutter guards to prevent entry.
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While termites don’t carry serious infection and bacteria, they can wreak havoc to your homes as they feed on wood and roots. That means if your house is made of wood or you have plenty of wooden furniture pieces around your home, termites will pretty much attack them. Then again, you can keep these common house pests from destroying your house’s foundation. Spray essential oils like orange oil and spray them in all possible areas made of wood.
Wasps can quickly adapt to different climates. That is the reason they thrive in pretty much all sorts of habitats. Though they are not serious problems because they actually have an important role in the ecosystem, they can trigger allergic reactions to some persons. To discourage them from creating nests near your home, spray non-toxic essential oils.
If you are observant enough, you will notice that as the season changes, so do the pests that infest our homes. Of course, it is normal to see these pesky creatures. But that does not suggest you can’t do anything. Perhaps, the best way to deter them is to be familiar of the pests you are preparing for. Hopefully, this list of 20 of the most common pests in Toronto during Spring 2018 can help you in your preparations.